It’s a nice brief overview of the different web metrics available. It discusses the impact of ‘web 2′ technology on metrics, and it provides a chart of which sites enjoy the most unique visitors, time spent and page views.
Really enjoyed an article by Jonathan Fildes on the BBC website about a Nigerian primary school’s experiences of the $100 laptop.
According to his report, there have been some highs and lows. On the negatives… it seems that ‘games, girls and gambling’ are still high on the agenda for first time internet users :) But let’s concentrate on the highs… the students are really enjoying the laptops and have even started to disassemble and reassemble the hardware to see how it really works.
This last bit reminds me of a school I visited in Recife (Brazil) that was working with the Porto Digital initiative. The students’ first task is to build their own machine. Then, instead of Portuguese, it’s code and copyrighting class; instead of maths, it’s budgets. In art class, they learn photo-editing and Flash. I want to go back to school!
Spoke to a bloke who chose not use video-sharing sites to promote some (decent) animations he’d made. Because, apparently, it takes too much effort to generate the links and views.
Interesting question this. How much time does it take to tend to your videos?
The answer is none. None time and none money. Or so it would seem.
One year ago I upload two videos to YouTube. One I looked after almost daily for three months; the other got slapped up like canteen grub. The only thing that links them is that no money was spent on either and that they are both on a hideously ‘ip-an-’appening video-sharing website. This is the tale of their contrasting fortunes. Read More…
Before I go into this… there are more good contributions posted to forums than there are bad. Hands down.
But… one of my favourite blogs is based on cutting through that good stuff, and going right to the crap.
Speak you’re branes is based around bona fide comments posted on the ‘have your say’ discussion boards run by our broadcasters and newspapers. The stuff is so fantastic and so inane that you’d think that Speak you’re branes must have faked them. But no.
These days people have started sending stuff in they find on their midday surfs. So, if find a gem, send it their way. Hell, send it my way too.
Reviewing some notes last night and I found a list of ‘must-haves’ for parliament websites. I compiled it as a stream-of-consciousness in one of the sessions at the ‘Parliaments in the Digital Age‘ workshop, which was organised by the Centre for Legislative Studies (Hull University) and the Oxford Internet Institute. I promised I’d pass it on to the organisers, Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Steve Ward, but never got round to it. Before I do send it over I thought I’d put it up here and see if anyone wants to add to it or refine it (it follows at the end of this post).
The list will strike some people as like-soooo-obvious but they’d be surprised to find out that a lot of parliaments haven’t even got round to the basics. One parliament that has been working hard to go beyond the basics is the UK Parliament. It’s been under a lot of pressure to do so and progress has been slow. But like a model waiting to happen, Westminster has all the pieces in place – the technology, the budget, the staff. Mind you, having the bits is one thing, what will glue them all together is the political will. What till now has been a project led by officials, now depends on the involvement of MPs and Peers. It’s time to follow up on all the rhetoric.
I’m confident that after all the nervous caution, the 2007/8 parliamentary year will be a good one for the Westminster in the area of online engagement. I’m confident that they’ll ramp up their online consultations and get ePetitions in place. More significantly, I think we’ll also see Parliament finally figure out how to make blogging work for them. Read More…
I occasionally enjoy ‘Imagine‘ – the BBC 1 arts programme presented by culture-jockey, Alan Yentob. This week was a sort of lite-touch expose of the world of art collecting. We found out that art collecting is a boom-to-bust affair, and that some people are worried about the bottom falling out of it, while others fear the saturation of the art world. Of course, the internet was fingered (particularly on the latter point).
And the end of the show, Alan invited viewers to get onto the website to download an exclusive limited-edition set of banknotes defaced by twisted art-bruvs, Jake and Dinos Chapman. They offer up two different designs, each available with 600kb and a 16mb versions. The downloads stop on November 22nd; I’ve attached one if you need it afterwards.
By offering a copy as an attachment does it mean that I am an art dealer now? Read More…
One of my last gigs for the Hansard Society was a presentation to the Global Centre of ICT in Parliament in Geneva. It was for a workshop leading up to the Centre’s full-blown conference the next day.
I won’t say black when you say tomato when you say tomato; my outlook is sunny; I’m not in-your-face. But, yes, while a lot of the presentations at the workshop were rosy, I delivered a downbeat critique of how parliaments have approached innovation.
Have a read at the transcript and let me know your thoughts.